Some Days

Some days I want to hide under the covers until the storm of you has passed. Some days I don’t want to lose my temper because ‘I’ve asked you nicely ten times’ but those school shoes are still not attached to your feet. Some days I don’t want to be the referee as you and your sister bite and scratch…

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5 Essential Books for Bedtime (0-5yrs)

We love books in our house. Our bookshelves are overflowing with trips to Narnia and Hogwarts. Today I decided to bring order to our literary chaos. I did this by dividing the books up into two categories – 0-5yrs (Jess) and 6+ (Emily). Now each girl has an age appropriate range of stories in their bedroom. The bit before bed is the best time…

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The Great ‘Build-A-Bear’ Con (& How I Fall For It Everytime)

I took the girls to Build-A-Bear yesterday. It was a treat for Emily as she’s done so well in the BBC R2 Short Story Competition and Jess has managed to keep her new glasses on for 50% of the time. Before the Easter Holidays we were in single digits so it’s a big improvement. We haven’t been to Build-A-Bear since…

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The Lake District: 3 Must-See Experiences For All the Family

I’ve spent many Easters in The Lake District. My parents were keen walkers and by the age of ten I’d been dragged (and bribed) up most of the mountains in Cumbria. Tradition is a wonderful thing, especially when you have a family of your own. A small shuffle of the cast and you get to reboot some of the best moments of your…

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Bedtime & Routines: What Works For Us

I saw someone post their bedtime routine on another page recently and I loved the idea. When the kids were babies I was always on the hunt for tips to tame my little Sleep Raiders. It took a bit of trial and error to perfect our routine but this is what works for us* *except when the 4yr old is tantruming and…

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The Best Of Times, The Worst Of Times: Charles Dickens, My Grandfather & Me

My grandfather adored Charles Dickens. His favourite book was ‘A Tale of Two Cities’ and I remember him reading me passages from it as a child. Sadly, he and my grandmother passed away recently. Their house is in the process of being sold and I’ve been helping mum sort through their belongings I came across my grandfather’s Charles Dickens collection…

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5 Tips For Coping With Separation Anxiety

Both of my children suffered from Separation Anxiety. Every time I dropped them off at a childminder’s they would wail and scream, flinging their little arms at me like I was abandoning them on the bleak, stone steps of a Dickensian Workhouse. Back then I felt like I was splintering into a million pieces. I’d sit in my car and bawl into the steering wheel… Either that…

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